I'm Diana, happily married, and blessed by God on a daily basis. I live with chronic illnesses, but I don't let that get me down!
Happily Living Alone
I was happy living without being in a romantic relationship. Nearly two years of being on my own after being married for many years, I had finally learned to appreciate my own company. I liked living all alone. Well, nearly alone; I did have a cat!. I liked myself; I had learned I was a good person. It had taken a long time in coming, that's for sure. I took car rides alone, went on short hiking trips by myself, went to restaurants (seating for one, please) if I wanted, and went shopping alone. I was perfectly happy! My self-esteem was not tied to being in a relationship with a significant other.
If a mess was made in the house, I did it. If I cleaned the house top to bottom, it stayed that way until I dirtied it up again. Dishes not washed? Mine. Laundry needs to be folded? Mine again. Toilet seat up? Never!! Ha! Ha! I lived alone, and I liked it that way.
God had other plans for me; I just didn't know it yet.
On November 9, 2014, I woke to a warm, sunny Sunday to get ready for church. I rolled out of bed, turned on the radio, and fed my cat Piper Rae, who was my constant companion. As was my habit, I was listening to Christian music to prepare my mind for worship.
It was while gathering my things for a quick shower that I prayed a prayer that I have remembered to this day, mostly because of how God answered that prayer.
I thanked God for my life, for how far I had come in the two years previous. As I said, I was content with the way my life was, and was explaining to the Lord how grateful I was. I told God I was ok with my being single, with Piper Rae the cat for companionship, for as long as He decided I needed to be. I gave up dating, or searching for a relationship. I was finished with trying to date anyone. I gave my life to God, content to walk in His way.
When I completed my prayer, I felt as light as a feather! God took the concerns, worries, and self-doubt away. I felt I was brighter, more joyful, and more content than ever before. I was close to God, and it felt so very nice!!!
How I Met The Man I Would Marry
I finished getting ready for church, listening to the preacher's weekly radio program while driving, and got to the church building a little early, with plenty of time to sit in my semi-regular seat for Bible class.
My phone vibrated in my purse, and I found a text from my mom telling me she wasn't feeling well, and so wouldn't be there in time for class. Who wants to sit alone on a really long church pew for Bible class? Not me! There were lots of other places to sit, and I enjoyed greeting and meeting folks I didn't normally sit around. I'm a pew-hopper, rarely sitting in the same spot all the time, since that's the best way to get to know more people I'm worshipping with.
I randomly selected a seat on the complete opposite side of the auditorium, and found a half-empty pew (remember it was still a few minutes before class began) and said hello to a young man directly in front of me who've I had never spoken to before. I had seen him a few times, but hadn't actually introduced myself formally.
He was so handsome, with dark eyes and short black hair. His smile was enough to melt me into butter! Yes, I admit he was a hottie, but so much more importantly, he had made insightful comments in previous Bible classes, and I was impressed with his Bible knowledge. I could tell even before speaking to him that He was a Christian and had a personal relationship with God.
I asked him so many questions before class, I must have sounded like I was interrogating him! That's so very unlike me; I'm introverted, shy, don't talk much to strangers except to chit chat, maybe exchange names, and I have trouble talking very much to people I don't know. I asked this poor man so many questions! He answered every one, and when Bible class was over, he politely turned around to face me and handed me his business card. I took his card, and sincerely apologized to him for my many questions. I don't know what came over me!
By the time I walked to my car after services that morning, I already had a Facebook friend request from him! I was glad to have a new friend to chat with, but, as I already said, I was happily living alone, so dating him had not really occurred to me.
After evening worship services (we both attended church, but in different towns that night), he asked for my phone number via a Facebook message and called me. That was the first of many three- or four-hour telephone calls, since we lived 40 minutes apart.
We've been inseparable ever since, and got married last April.
God answered my prayer, knowing what it was I needed before I did. I didn't ask to meet such a fine, Christian man, but God saw to it that I did, not three hours after I thanked God for my single life.
Just a Little Talk with Jesus acapella
He Hears Your Cry!
God hears your prayers, even the ones without words. "We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Sprit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans." (Rom. 8:26) He hears and He answers. It may not always be the answer we want, think we need, or what we are asking for, but He answers them. Sometimes, like in my example, He says yes. Sometimes He says "No, I won't open that door for you; it will cause you harm." Other times, I believe His answer is "Not right now", not a "No", but not a "Yes" either.
James 5:16 says, "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (NIV). If the Bible says it, it is true, so we can believe it and put our hope in it.
You may not feel like He can hear you, but He hears your cry to Him. If you don't have an obvious answer yet, keep praying. God loves all people unconditionally. He will answer!
What Are Your Thoughts?
I'd love to hear from you by your leaving your comments and/or thoughts here. Has God answered your prayers? Do you believe He can hear you? Thanks for reading! I hope it will bless your life.
© 2017 Diana Majors
Rita on November 16, 2019:
I enjoyed reading about your answered prayer. God does listen and He will always answer weather it be yes or no.
Thanks again and keep on writing.
Diana Majors (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 14, 2017:
I am learning this is true more and more as I get older! I make mistakes whenever I try to rely on myself. If only I would do as I know I should and leave in all in God's hands from the onset!
North Wind from The World (for now) on May 14, 2017:
Nice story. It is usually when we leave things up to God He irons it all out quite smoothly. For me I constantly tell Him to do His thing because like a child, I will make a mess of things! Depending on Him is easier than most people think.
Diana Majors (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 12, 2017:
@lovetherain- Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts! I agree that He definitely knows what is best for us, better than we do many times!
@Georgia- I'm glad you enjoyed the music! That song was stuck in my head for quite a while after posting the article, and I am glad it was!
@Maria- I've never heard that saying, but your mom must have been a wise woman. Thanks for sharing!
Maria Elizabeth on May 12, 2017:
Lovely story. My mother always used to say 'I put myself in God's hands and he looks after me'.
Georgia Estes on May 11, 2017:
God is good!
I enjoyed reading your story. I also enjoyed the music!!!!
lovetherain from Untited States on May 10, 2017:
Yes God sometimes answers my prayers. Not all, but I think He knows what's best for us.